Basic tomato sauce/ Salsa básica de tomate

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This tomato sauce is the mother of many, many Mexican dishes. Once you learn it the possibilities are endless. You master this sauce, you can make fideo soup, tortilla soup, carne guisada, picadillo, chiles rellenos, enchiladas, rice, caldos, chilaquiles, even pozole. It is so simple, you wouldn’t believe it. The ingredients, roma tomatoes, onio, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin. I have to be honest with you, I add chili powder to mine. Chili powder is something I discovered here in Texas, I didn’t grow up cooking with it, my mom certainly never used it but once I tried it, I was hooked! Chili powder is the dry, pulverized fruit of one or more varieties of chili pepper, in addition to some spices like cumin, garlic powder and cayenne pepper are use to season many dishes on this side of the Rio Grande. It gives this sauce a warm, sweet flavor. My mom gets a bottle of chili powder every time she comes to visit. That says it all.  Here’s my recipe for you.                       


Hello, my name is Marisol Chancellor. I was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico. I’ve been living in Texas for 12 years and even when I love barbeque, fruit cobblers and sweet tea, there’s something that has the power of transporting me right back to my mom’s kitchen and gives me a little piece of home, cooking. I grew up in the kitchen and for me, memories are always linked to food, and behind the food, well, there’s always a story that comes along. So, please let me share with you my love for cooking and while we are at it, let’s share some memories, because let’s be honest, we are also hungry for nostalgia.

2 thoughts on “Basic tomato sauce/ Salsa básica de tomate

    1. Hi, Brittany. I normally don’t use the water I boiled the tomatoes in unless I need a thinner sauce. What are you making?

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